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DRIFT © Ulf Langheinrich

DRIFT’s intent is to translate abstract forms of image and sound in both art and music into the cinematic space. The very superior image quality of the high definition digital formats and the technical set up of modern cinemas can be utilised as an extended space for art production. Granular Synthesis internationally renowned work is comprised of specially commissioned space installations and live performances. The standardised environment of a cinema can provide another option for presenting art, but the work must be able function within the cinema’s specific set up.
From a realistic image, a stream of abstract images and sounds evolves, a stream of picturesquely deep and dense images, transparent and fine in resolution and detail. A process of multiple metamorphoses in a number of parallel space and time layers constantly reforms their consistency, viscosity and transparency. The permeation, stacking and re-visualisation of such layers is almost symphonic, but does not separate areas of certain characteristics into chapters or movements.
The absence of signs or objects in the audiovisual meta-movement within DRIFT gives an impression of a primal and total aesthetic matter.
Such a situation is contrary to how a viewer seeks to track and observe elements of a plot. The sound-image flow arrives gradually, generating a delicate and subtle tension. The continuously interwoven sound and image flow then creates density, richness, convincingness, like an epic film which looks both syn-aesthetically sober and at times even empty.
The author understands DRIFT as a suggestive environment, a unification of some aspects of his previous work in the fine arts, mainly as painter, and the achievements of more than 10 year’s work as an electronic artist primarily within Granular-Synthesis.

Image and visual composition: Ulf Langheinrich
Compositing: Wolfgang Schwarzenbrunner
Compositing assistance: Gerhard Daurer, Brandon Tay, Tanja Tomic, Bernhard Zoesmayer
Software: Dirk Langheinrich
Production management Accra: Silvio Canazei
Production management Lisboa: Herwig Turk
Music and sound design: Ulf Langheinrich

Festival d’Art Lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence version
Director: Stéphane Lissner
Curator: Antoine Manceau
Cello: Béatrice Reibel
English horn: Luca Mariani
French horn: Nicolas Chedmail
Bass clarinet: Joris Rühl
Musical assistance: Roman Gerold

Wien Modern version
Curator: Berno Odo Polzer
Bass clarinet: Petra Stump, Heinz-Peter Linshalm, Oliver Darnhofer
Bassoon: Maria Gstettner, Lorelei Dowling, Tamara Joseph
Musical assistance: Daniel Kranawitter

China Academy of Arts Hangzhou version
Department of new media arts
Director: Prof. Zhang Peili

Additional orchestral instruments: Vienna Symphonic Library
Industrial acoustic environments: Spittelau Waste Incineration Plant Vienna
Studio playback system provided by Klangfarbe Wien

Produced by ACMI Australian centre for the moving image Melbourne
Curator: Mike Stubbs
Co-produced by EPIDEMIC / Paris — Curator: Richard Castelli
MUFFATWERK/ Munich — Curator: Dietmar Lupfer

Supported by Kulturstiftung des Bundes Germany, Siemens Kuturstiftung, Federal Chancellery of Austria, Department of the Arts, RMIT Melbourne, Goethe Institut Melbourne

Special thanks Florence Berthaud, Céline Dal, Sarah Ford, Martin Fritz, Keely Macarow, Marc Ries, Rudolph Schauer, Karl Heinz Stroehle, Dajuin Yao

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